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Papers world over carried reports on Mumbai and Srinagar blasts that unanimously pinned the blame on Muslim terror groups.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 15:14 IST

The blasts in Mumbai were covered prominently by the world media on Wednesday with most newspapers splashing graphic pictures of blown up rail carriages and radio stations noting that the Sensex had actually gone up in the Mumbai stock exchange.

Almost all the newspapers in the South Asian region carried lead stories on the series of blasts on Tuesday, which killed over 190 people and injured more than 460.

The toll given by most of the newspapers in Pakistan and Bangladesh, though differed.

Papers carried eyewitness reports as well as analyses that unanimously pinned the blame on Muslim terrorist organisations.

In an editorial titled "Murder in Mumbai", The Guardian said friends of the world's largest democracy could only pray that it has the courage and resilience to withstand this dreadful and senseless blow.

It said: "The first thing to say is that anyone who targets suburban commuter trains is a criminal, whatever cause, grievance, ideology or belief their motivation. The indiscriminate mass murder of innocent people is terrorism, pure and simple. It can never be justified.

"Shameful attacks such as these are a modern application of the 19th-century nihilistic practice of the 'propaganda of the deed'.

The grim years since the 9/11 assault on the US have seen far too many of them - large-scale atrocities in Bali, Casablanca, Istanbul, Madrid and London - so the experience of mangled bodies, collapsing telephone networks, frantic citizens and the cruel testing of emergency services has now been widely shared across the globe.

"Terrorist attacks in India in recent years have been the work of Hindu and Muslim extremists.

"Mumbai is a proud and bustling symbol of Indian modernity, the country's commercial and financial capital, its main west coast port, headquarters of most large corporations and of Bollywood, the dazzling film industry".

Experts singled out the Lashkar-e-Taiba as the most likely group to have carried out the blasts, and said there was probably a link between the Mumbai bombs and the five explosions earlier in the day in Srinagar.

Gareth Price of the Chatham House think tank said: "It was almost certainly Lashkar-e-Taiba. They probably wanted to ensure Kashmir was not sidelined. They wanted to say 'we're still angry'."

In a piece titled "Kashmir remains salt in running sore with India", commentator Leonard Doyle wrote in The Independent: "The synchronised bombs...were a brutal reminder that despite India's swashbuckling arrival on the world stage, the festering conflict in Kashmir still has the capacity to bring the juggernaut to a halt.

"The original Kashmiri militants have mostly foresworn violence, but their Pakistani fellow travellers have not and there is every possibility that they - inspired by Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda - were behind on Tuesday's blasts.

"With militants mistrustful about being sucked into cold peace, and Pakistan's generals stamping their heels impatiently as talks go nowhere, discussions between India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, have gone nowhere.

In this political vacuum, militants determined to exploit the deep well of anger over Kashmir may well have struck again".